Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
 September 2014 Events Newsletter 

National Senior Center Month

September is national "Senior Center Month." The theme for Senior Center month is "Senior Centers: Experts at Living Well." Visit the Center at 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Salisbury often so we can help you "live well." 

Ice Cream Social 

Wednesday, September 3 at 3:00pm. Come out and celebrate National Senior Center Month as well as help kick-off our fall schedule of activities. We'll have an ice cream sundae buffet as well as opportunities to enroll in various programs and classes being offered. Musical entertainment will be provided. Sponsored by Carillon Assisted Living, the event is free and open to all interested older adults.

4th Annual Local Heroes Luncheon

On Friday, September 5 the Senior Center will provide a complimentary lunch from 11:30am - 1:30pm for local fire-fighters, law enforcement personnel, and EMT's in memory of 9-11 victims, and in honor of these special community servants. Individuals are invited to: 1) sponsor one or more of these heroes with $5 donations to help cover the cost of the luncheon provided by local caterer Debbie Suggs; 2) make and bring homemade desserts for the event; and/or 3) volunteer to serve, wait tables, and clean-up the day of the event. Monetary donations can be left at the Front Desk or mailed to the Center at 1120 S. MLK, Jr. Avenue, Salisbury, NC 28144. Desserts can be dropped off on Thursday before the event at the Center. Volunteers agreeing to work the event are asked to register in advance at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Any funds received in excess of expenses will be donated to the United Way Campaign in honor of these local heroes.

Part-Time Job Fair

Wednesday, September 24 from 10am-1pm. Looking for a little extra income? Come and participate in our job fair featuring companies looking for part-time employees. Coordinated by Rescare in affiliation with the Regional Workforce Development Board, there are no fees or charges involved to employers or candidates for employment. Open to any interested adult. For more information, contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.

Bus Trip To Grandfather Mountain

Thursday, September 25. Motor coach leaves the Senior Center at 8:00am, heading up to one of North Carolinas greatest natural wonders.  In addition to the refurbished mile-high bridge, Mildred and her cubs await us, as well as gift shops, zoo animals, and a great café where we can enjoy a Dutch-treat lunch. Come see the most spectacular scenery in the state, all dressed out for autumn. This month Jan McCanless will serve as our tour escort.


On the trip home, we'll stop at an outdoor market for mountain produce, and the J& S Cafeteria in Hickory for a Dutch-treat supper.  We should return to Rufty-Holmes around 8:00pm.

The cost is $45 per person which includes motor coach transportation, admission to Grandfather Mountain, and all gratuities. Interested older adults need to prepay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card as well as with cash or check. 


Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 3 at 3:00 p.m. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00 p.m. for those who arrive early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of Salisbury.

Pre-Retirement Seminar - "Signing Up for Social Security"

Monday, September 15 at 7:00pm. The second in our series of fall seminars for those considering retirement in the near future. "Signing Up for Social Security" will be presented by Brian Walker, District Manager of the Salisbury Office of the Social Security Administration. The Pre-Retirement Seminar Series is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce for any interested adult. There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714.

Movie of the Month

Wednesday, September 24 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested members. Come out and enjoy "Second Hand Lions," with Michael Caine, Robert Duvall & Haley Joel Osment, rated PG, on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390). 

New Classes 

Activity Directors Class: For staff working in adult care facilities. September 8 - November 13. Six class meetings plus on-line work and examination. Instructor is Tim Cornelison. $175.00 registration fee payable to RCCC required at the time of registration.


Bridge Lessons: Begin Friday, September 26. Oriented toward all contract bridge players who want to modernize their game and learn more about the basic conventions that they should already be using. After a three-week orientation, review, and introduction of concepts, there is discussion and practice on one convention each week. Each Friday from 10:00am until noon. Cost is $6 per session. All materials will be provided. Instructors will be Harold & Carol Winecoff. For more information, and to register, contact the Front Desk or call the Winecoffs at 704-857-2770.


Cooking for Cancer Prevention: Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30pm.   Enjoy cancer prevention cooking & eating with Certified Nutritionist Wendy NaPant. Wendy is a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh healthy foods to encourage healthier food choices. Manage your time & stress level. Learn to cook using simple tasty dishes. The cost of the cooking class, including the healthy meal, is $12.00, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Call 704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.


Guitar Classes:Three new classes begin September 8. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:30pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:45pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 4:00pm. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either eight- week course is $35 payable to the instructor on the first day of class. New members should bring a $5 material fee. For questions call Bob at 704-636-9395. To register call 704-216-7714.


Handmade Cards -Wednesday, September 3 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.


Line Dancing Classes:

New Beginners: Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm beginning September 4. Ten-week class with instruction from Cheryl Kluttz. $45 fee.

Hi-Beginner/Intermediate: Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm beginning September 4. Instruction from Cheryl Kluttz. $4 per session fee.


Matter of Balance: This eight-week class will meet Tuesdays from 4:00pm- 6:00pm beginning September 16. Register for the class at Rufty-Holmes or by calling 704-216-7714. Matter of Balance is an educational and exercise class for seniors who have had a fall or are worried about falling.  Caregivers are also welcome to join. There is no fee for this class, but voluntary contributions are accepted.  Register early, spaces are limited.


Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.


Paint, Piddle & Draw: New session begins Tuesday, September 2. Led by Frances Driscoll, participants work on drawing and painting projects of their choosing with instructional support. Class meets from 9-11am each Tuesday. $10 per month payable to instructor. Participants must supply their own materials.


Stained Glass: For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45-8:45pm meeting from September 15 - November 10. Instructor is Mike Ziegler. $55.00 instruction fee plus materials. Members should register by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 beginning Tuesday, September 2. Space is limited.


Tai Chi for Arthritis: New beginner class starts Tuesday, September 16 from 3-3:45pm. Improve your balance, reduce stress, and increase strength and flexibility. Research shows this slow and gentle exercise can improve health and reduce falls. Open to seniors 60 years and older. Class will meet September 16 - October 28. There is no charge for the class, but donations will be accepted. Call the Front Desk at the Center for more information and to register.


Watercolor Painting: For beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Mondays 9:30am - 12:30pm meeting September 8 - November 10. Instructor will be Leslie Frontz.   $36.00 registration fee to RCCC plus materials. Payment must be made at time of registration. Registration ends September 5 or when full. Space is limited.


Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per session payable to the instructor.   Pre-registration is not required.

New Computer Classes

Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four people is necessary to hold a computer class.


Tablet Classes   Thursday, September 11 for Android-style (Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, etc.)

and Friday, September 12 for iPad. Both classes meet 1:00-4:00 pm. The fee is $10 for each class. Must bring your own tablet. Come learn, through lots of sharing and laughter, how to use your tablet.


Word Processing     Thursday-Friday, September 18-19 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Learn how to use Microsoft Word to write minutes or letters, create flyers, or do a newsletter. We will have some fun while we learn.The fee is $20.


Walk-Abouts Outing

Thursday, September 18 at 8:00am.  We will gather at the Senior Center for a three-mile walk to the gazebo on Park Avenue and back. We'll plan stops at the Civic Center and McDonalds coming and going. This walk is open to all club members and prospective club members. There is no need to pre-register.

Men's & Women's Health & Fitness Club Meeting

Wednesday, September 10 at 2:00 pm.   The two clubs will meet jointly this month to compete in a watermelon seed-spitting contest. Afterward, those present will learn of the nutritional value of watermelon from Valerie Velte, Corporate & Community Wellness RN from Novant Health.   This program is sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and is open to all men 55 years of age or older. Pre-registration is not necessary.

On-Going Exercise Program Opportunitiese Class Openings

One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Zumba, Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.

"Things Go Better with Coke"

Friday, September 26. Representatives from Coca-Cola will be at the Center during the morning visiting with health and fitness classes and distributing Coca-Cola brand bottled water and zero calorie products. Classes will also be trying out the new exercise body bars recently donated to our fitness program by Coca-Cola.

"Living Healthy" Class

Put Life Back Into Your Life.   Are you an adult age 60 or older with an ongoing health condition? You'll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, the "Living Healthy"class can help you take charge of your life.         

The class will be held each Friday from 9:30am-noon for sixweeks beginning September 5. There is no charge for the workshop, but voluntary contributions are accepted. The sessions will be held at First Baptist Church at 223 North Fulton Street in Salisbury. Set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health-and your life. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to register, or for more information. Space is limited.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Wednesday, September 3 from 9:30-10:30am.  Free  blood  pressure    readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  

A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Chair Massage

Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.

Club Meetings This Monthtober Club tings


TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am except September 1

Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am

Rufty-Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, September 4 at 10:00am

AARP Chapter - Thursday, September 4 at 12:30pm

Busy Bees Crafts Club - Friday, September 5 at 10:30am

Ambassadors Club - Monday, September 8 at noon

Military Officers Association Meeting - Monday, September 8 at noon

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, September 8 at 2:00pm

Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, September 10 at 2:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, September 11 at 9:00am

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, September 11 at 6:30pm

Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, September 15 at 10:00am

NARFE - Monday, September 15 at noon

ADK Sorority - Monday, September 15 at 6:30pm

Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, September 16 at 11:30am

Golden Rule SS Class of First United Methodist Church - Tues, Sept 16 at 6:00pm

Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel - Wednesday, September 17 at 10:30am

Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild Meeting - Thursday, September 18 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, September 18 at 7:00pm

Duke Energy Retirees - Friday, September 19 at 11:00am

Olde Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, September 22 at 6:30pm

Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, September 25 at 1:00pm


Lunch Clubs

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

"Are You Okay?" Service

Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

Monthly Grief Support Group

Wednesday, September 3  at 9:00am. Grief support group sessions provide opportunities for people who have experienced the death of a loved one to meet others who are experiencing similar losses. Members come together to normalize and validate their experiences of grief, to find strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE.   Pre-registration is not required.

Assistance with Hearing Needs

For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

Legal Assistance

Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

Veterans' Services

The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet with Rowan County veterans to assist them in applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. For an appointment, call 704-216-8138.

Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance

Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will be available on the third Wednesday of each month  from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.

Gold Cards

Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall school events.

Insurance Information Program Assistance

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.

General Information & Assistance

Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. 

This 'n That

Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50. 

SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on Friday, September 12 from 8:30am-11:30am.

Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons

IT'S PICNIC TIME: The Helen Rothrock Rufty Picnic Shelter Complex is available for reservation and use by senior groups free of charge. Contact the Senior Center office at 704-216-7714 for information.



BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to "Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.

"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.


ufty-Holmes Senior Center and all Lunch Clubs will be closed on Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day Holiday.

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